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Whom Should We Believe In The Marilyn Manson Saga?

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Marilyn Manson and Rose McGowan

Since Marilyn Manson has been accused of sexual and physical abuse by multiple women, including Westworld star Evan Rachel Wood, the investigation into the rock star is still going on. The investigation, which began in February 2021, has been completed by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and has been turned over to the DA’s office for consideration of possible criminal charges.

Manson, who has always denied all the allegations, has sued Wood and another woman involved with the famous actress, Illma Gore, for defamation, fraud, and conspiracy. The accusations are serious, and the abuse has been described as “torture” and other “sexual violence, physical violence, and coercion.” The first allegations were posted on Instagram by several women including model Sarah McNeilly, model Ashley Lindsay Morgan, a woman named Gabriella, and Ashley Walters who has even claimed she has experienced PTSD from her abusive relationship with Manson.

When considering Manson’s public persona, it is very easy to believe these women: Manson has embodied a terrifying character for years and it doesn’t take too much imagination to think he may have been the same kind of monster behind the scenes. Then, we have several women coming with the same accusations, and in these #metoo movement times, this is all people need right?

However, several people are doubtful, and several YouTubers and bloggers have been digging a bit more into the story than the narrative offered by mainstream media. We know how much it has paid for another very famous case – I am alluding to the Depp versus Heard case of course. I have been following a bunch of these Mason defenders and I honestly believe that there is much more in this story than Rolling Stone or other mainstream publications are ready to admit.

Last year, Manson’s wife, Dita Von Teese, posted a statement on Instagram, saying that the allegations didn’t match her experience in their relationship: “To those who have expressed your concerns of my well-being, I appreciate your kindness. Please know that the details made public do not match my personal experience during our 7 years together as a couple. Had they, I would not have married him in December 2005,” She declared. Seven years is a long time to know someone, and she also added that she “left 12 months later due to infidelity and drug abuse.” Manson was cheating on her and taking drugs, but it is obviously a very different story. “I get the impression he thinks I was unsupportive,” she added at the time. “But the truth is I wasn’t supportive of his lifestyle, and someone else came along who was.”

Recently, another of Manson’s exes brought a new element: Rose McGowan addressed the allegations against her ex-fiancé during an interview with human trafficking survivor advocate Eliza Bleu. I heard about it through a YouTube channel run by Colonel Kurtz, someone who has been diligently investigating the allegations for a while. Kurtz has managed to interview a long list of people who have all brought new perspectives on the allegations, and Los Angeles District Attorney seemed to have been interested since he was following her for a while on Twitter (I am not sure if it is still the case). During the interview, McGowan declared that she has been bullied by Evan Rachel Wood’s fans: “it’s really hard. I got a lot of people with Evan Rachel Wood […] I got a lot of bullying from people on her behalf [..] Why haven’t you talked about Marilyn Manson?” Since Wood’s allegations against Manson, her fans have been pressuring McGowan to say something bad about Manson and show public support for Wood. However, Rose Mc Gowan has only declared that she has “not experienced that” regarding her relationship with Manson.

McGowan dated Manson from 1997 to 2001 and they were engaged for two years. As Colonel Kurtz notes, McGowan only had good things to say about Manson in her memoir “Brave.” The real monster was Weinstein while her relationship with Manson was described as a brief time of idyllic peace in her life. “Manson patched me back together after the assault,” she wrote, describing an attentive and caring boyfriend who helped her heal after the abuse she had to endure with Weinstein. “It was a pretty legendary relationship, not just in the media. It was a pretty legendary relationship behind the scenes, too. We had a whole lot of amazing,” she wrote. If there is a woman who is not afraid of accusing men, it has to be Rose, one of the first victims to speak out against Weinstein and one of the first faces of the #metoo movement.

So, we have these two women, Dita Von Teese and Rose McGowan, who spent several years with Marilyn Manson and have had a completely different experience with him. Then you have Evan Rachel Wood, who is accused to have forged a fake FBI letter and has also allegedly solicited prospective accusers by phone, text, email, and social media (with the help of Illma Gore) – all this is documented in the complaint filed by Manson.

There are only two possibilities: either Manson is this Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde character, sometimes gentle and caring, sometimes monstrous and abusing… or the women who accuse him are liars?  We definitively live in interesting times.


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